Brian Orser Bio
His career has been stellar, headline grabbing and meteoric! In 1979, he became the first man to successfully land the daunting triple axle in competition and the first to do so in Olympic competition in 1984.
Two Olympic silver medals, World gold and silver medalist, a record eight-time Canadian Senior Men’s Champion from 1981-88, Brian’s accomplishments are almost too numerous to list.
Brian Orser has starred in countless television specials and figure skating shows the world over. In 1997, and again in 1999, he received the Rotary Inter- national Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
His fundraising and humanitarian work has included such causes as the Starlight Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada, AIDS and Cancer research. In a class all of his own, Brian Orser is easily Penetanguishene’s most successful & recognizable sports hero.
Marlene Leroux – nominated by Julie Diver & Marianna Buttineau,
Marlene has been integrally involved in the Penetanguishene Figure Skating Club from membership building and promotion to program creation and direction to awards, carnival production, recruiting coaches and assistants, parent education and awareness. She has also organized countless special events such as parties, seminars, fundraising, hosting and organizing local and regional competitions.
It is a testament to her that the club membership has skyrocketed with skaters ranging in age from 3 to over 50. At one point, programs that shoulder the months from August through to the end of April saw the club have 130 members enrolled in the Canskate Programs alone.
As a fundraiser and true builder, she led the charge in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars not only for her club but also on behalf of such arena projects as a new Zamboni, sound system and elevator. She has also sat on Penetanguishene Minor Hockey’s Ladies Auxiliary and other town committees.
1983-84 Jr “C” Kings – Nominated by Tim Mason & Roy Mundy,
In the spring of 1984, in league playoffs, the Kings defeated the Stayner Siskins, the Midland Centennials and the Parry Sound Shamrocks to easily win the Georgian Bay Championship.
They then disposed of the Alliston Hornets in five games before meeting a tough Bowmanville Screaming Eagles squad that pushed them to the seven-game limit before they advanced to the All-Ontario Final.
The Kings crushed their last and final opponents, the Woodstock Navy Vets, sweeping them in four straight games, winning the final game 8-1.
Back Row: Peter Dubeau (General Manager), Carl Cowan, John Monague,
Gary Beausoleil, Rob Roy, Waxy Gregoire (Trainer)
Middle Row: John O’Hara, Dave Gianetto, Perry Beausoleil, Dean Vincent (Equipment Manager), Shawn Stewart (Assistant GM), Terry Spiker (Coach), Nick Boudouris (President), Doug Leroux (Vice President), Max Cowan (Equipment Manager), Trent Maracle, Blair McReynolds, Phil Cinq-Mars
Front Row: Kevin Steele, Dave Redman, Brian Forget, Brian McReynolds, Peter Roi, Dave Robillard, Al Melnyk, Jim Plouffe, Bryan Lethbridge
Missing: Brian Norwood, Bob Weatherill, Albert Mayer (Goal Judge), Mary DuBeau (Admissions), Bob Dion & Mike Desroches (Time Keepers)